Wildlife does not recognise the arbitrary borders between countries. For many species, including the painted wolf, ranges can span many hundreds of square kilometres. A recent example was the dispersal of four female painted wolves late last year from Botswana into Zimbabwe.
The Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) is Africa’s largest conservation landscape and the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area. KAZA partner countries (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) have recently launched the KAZA TFCA Carnivore Conservation Strategy. The strategy spans all five countries and lays out an ambitious vision for conserving carnivores across the area. The strategy builds on the existing Conservation Strategy and Action Plan for the African Wild Dog in the KAZA TFCA.
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The strategy was developed by the KAZA Carnivore Conservation Coalition, a stakeholder group including governments and NGOs across the TFCA that work on conserving the many incredible carnivores of the region. Funding for the development of the strategy was provided by WWF in Namibia, Panthera and the Rangewide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs.
Such an overarching strategy is critical to support the work on the ground of organisations like Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) , Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) and the Painted Dog Research Trust.